Last night, Sam Ongeri decided to take on bloggers and let us know that we were wrongfully inciting Kenyans on Twitter to insult their leaders and further inform us that we could be legally dealt with.
I wasn’t online to see it, but quite a few people informed us because we’d printed some t-shirts earlier in the week expressing our displeasure with MPs and their greed. Thank you all.
As for you, Mr. Ongeri, a few things:
1. I refuse to call a man ‘Professor’ if he cannot distinguish between “they’re”, “there” and “their”. It is pre-primary grammar, Mr. Ongeri.
2. I refuse to call a man a leader if he cannot lead. At best, MPs are representatives. In fact, they’re our employees.
3. I refuse to call a man, Minister or otherwise, ‘Honorable’, if he is not honorable.
4. How dare you talk about misleading, Mr. Ongeri? How dare you talk about leadership? Weren’t you in charge of the Ministry of Education while OUR CHILDREN’S MONEY was being cashed and carried out of your Ministry doors? Remember that? Free Education ring a bell?
You then proceeded to make promises to teachers that were only partially fulfilled AFTER your departure, correct? Or is this information misleading as well?
Are you not in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is the depiction of mismanagement? Tell us, if you will, Mr. Ongeri, how much we really spend on Foreign missions. I hear it’s over 1.4 billion per year. Do I hear wrong? How do you justify that?
Did you not claim that the former Somali president tried to assassinate you and then immediately dismiss those claims? And you want to talk about leaders and misled Kenyans. For shame, faux-Prof, for shame. If irony were light, your tweet’d be brilliantly blinding. But irony is just that, irony. So is your tweet.
5. Legal action? You want to talk about laws and rights being violated? Because from where I’m sitting citizens – who pay your salary, by the way – are the disenfranchized ones who should be talking about legal action. You’re just another man sitting in a 200,000 Kshs chair getting angry that we are tired of your bullshit, and worse, that we exercise the right to protest and our right to free speech. Good sir, what law do we violate by call you out on the laws you break? I’m curious to the answer to this one.
6. I refuse to listen to a man who won’t listen to me. You’re unreachable. You issue obscure threats on Twitter and then ignore replies? If you’re really trying to inform and guide us and stop us misguiding Kenyans, this is an open invitation to do an interview with us. We’ll keep it all on email and post every last word of it on the blog. You can tell us why we’re on the wrong, we’ll tell you why we think you’re on the wrong and we can let the people decide. Fair? That’s objective, right? Not misleading at all. That’s what you want, for blogs to stop misleading? Then stand behind your word. firstname.lastname@example.org is available 24 hours a day for your redemptive purposes.
Until such a day, sir, I’ll just stand in my indignation and dismissive rage of MPs and all their ilk.
The choice is yours, sir.
UPDATE: Here was Ongeri’s
camp’s reaction after we pestered him for a few days.
@diasporadical Your Blog was Good , Good choice of words
— Prof Sam Ongeri (@ProfOngeri) October 18, 2012
I rest my case.
T-shirts will be back in the store later.